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Injury updates on Kane, Raphinha and Rudiger in the Gameweek 34 team news

Ahead of tonight’s Fantasy Premier League deadline, we’ve got injury updates on all 20 top-flight teams in our weekly press conference summary.

For more team news information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed.

A (curtailed!) video recap with Neale and Andy can be viewed here:

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION V LEEDS UNITED

Liam Cooper remains unavailable as he serves the final match of a three-game ban, while Raphinha looks set to miss out after Marcelo Bielsa said that the winger was “in the last final stages before he is finally healed” but that it was “difficult to give a diagnostic of when he will be able to return”.

Rodrigo was declared injury-free by the Leeds boss, meanwhile, although Bielsa did urge caution regarding the Spaniard, saying that he was “healthy” but that it “doesn’t mean that he is fit to play”. 

Adam Lallana has been recovering from a tight calf but boss Graham Potter hopes the veteran midfielder will be able to train on Friday and a judgement call on his involvement will then be made ahead of the weekend.

The Brighton head coach reported no other fresh concerns apart from that, with Ben White now free of suspension and Percy Tau (hamstring) “back in contention” after training all week. 

MANCHESTER UNITED V LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp said on Friday that Liverpool’s fitness situation was “all the same” when asked if the Reds had any new injury concerns or if any of his sidelined players were ready to return, so we assume that Nat Phillips (hamstring), Divock Origi (muscle) and Caoimhin Kelleher (abdomen) are still unavailable alongside long-term absentees Jordan Henderson (groin), Joel Matip (ankle), Virgil van Dijk (knee) and Joe Gomez (knee).

Anthony Martial (knee) and Phil Jones (knee) are Manchester United’s only two known absentees for the visit of Liverpool, with other team news thin on the ground following the Red Devils’ involvement in Europe on Thursday.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V SHEFFIELD UNITED

Ben Davies is Spurs’ only absentee for the visit of Sheffield United, with interim boss Ryan Mason confirming that Harry Kane had come through the EFL Cup final unscathed following his recent ankle injury.

Sander Berge (hamstring) will return to the Sheffield United squad this weekend, while Chris Basham (hamstring) could also be involved when the Blades head to north London after returning to training.

SOUTHAMPTON V LEICESTER CITY

Brendan Rodgers has no new injury concerns heading into the Friday evening game against Southampton, although Harvey Barnes (knee) and James Justin (knee) are out for the season and Wes Morgan (back) is “touch and go” to feature again in 2020/21. 

Danny Ings (hamstring), Ryan Bertrand (calf), Oriol Romeu (ankle) and Will Smallbone (knee) are out of the game but Michael Obafemi (muscle) has come through a week of full training and may have an outside chance of a return on the bench against the Foxes.

CHELSEA V FULHAM

Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) and Antonio Rudiger (knock) are Chelsea’s only absentees for the visit of Fulham, with Rudiger’s issue only minor nature and potentially only keeping him out for this one game.

Fulham loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek will miss out as he is ineligible to face his parent club, while the clash at Stamford Bridge comes too soon for Tom Cairney despite his return to training following a troublesome knee injury.

Terence Kongolo (knee) is also out for the season but there was no fresh update on Marek Rodak (hand) or Kenny Tete (illness) in the broadcast section of Scott Parker’s press conference.

NEWCASTLE UNITED V ARSENAL

The availability of Alexandre Lacazette (hamstring) and Kieran Tierney (knee) for the trip to Newcastle remains unknown at the time of writing, with the pair said to be “in contention” for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Villarreal but ultimately not included in the matchday squad.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did make a return from illness as a late substitute in Spain but Mikel Arteta said after that match that the Gabon international was “still not at the level in his physique that he should be to start”.

Jamaal Lascelles (foot), Isaac Hayden (knee), Karl Darlow (knee) and Ryan Fraser (groin) are still sidelined for the Magpies, while loanee Joe Willock will be ineligible to face his parent club.

Matt Ritchie is expected to shake off a minor calf injury sustained in the draw with Liverpool last weekend, however, while Fabian Schar (match fitness) is “there or thereabouts” and could make the squad after playing 45 minutes for the under-23s on Monday.

Steve Bruce also reported that he thinks Callum Wilson “is ready” to start following a handful of substitute appearances.

EVERTON V ASTON VILLA

Trezeguet (knee), Morgan Sanson (knee) and Jack Grealish (shin) will all miss the trip to Everton but Dean Smith didn’t report any fresh injury concerns in his pre-match press conference and will be able to welcome back Matthew Cash from suspension.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin (knee) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (foot) are Everton’s only absentees, with Michael Keane recovering from a minor hamstring injury that forced his no-show last Friday.

BURNLEY V WEST HAM UNITED

Robbie Brady (Achilles) and Kevin Long (calf) remain sidelined for Burnley, with Sean Dyche confirming that he had no new injury concerns ahead of Monday’s match.

David Moyes gave an ambiguous update on his injured players in Friday’s pre-match press conference, saying of Michail Antonio‘s recovery from a hamstring problem: “Michail is working with the physios and he’s been out on the grass, so I wouldn’t rule him out yet, but I don’t want to be ruling him in as well”.

On the subject of Aaron Cresswell (hamstring), Declan Rice (knee) and Arthur Masuaku (unspecified), Moyes added that the Hammers would “try to get them all back if we can” without giving specific dates.

CRYSTAL PALACE V MANCHESTER CITY

John Stones serves the second match of a three-game domestic ban this weekend but Pep Guardiola didn’t report any fresh injury concerns for the trip to Crystal Palace,

James McArthur (calf) remains sidelined for the Eagles, while James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, Nathan Ferguson and Connor Wickham are all still short of match-readiness after lengthy lay-offs and will also likely sit out Saturday’s game; Tomkins, indeed, is set to feature for the under-23s on Monday.

Gary Cahill has recovered from a minor issue, however, so could reclaim his place at the heart of the defence.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Jonny (knee) and Pedro Neto (knee) are out for the season, while Marcal (thigh) and Raul Jimenez (head) are also thought to remain sidelined for the trip to West Bromwich Albion.

That’s about all we know on the Wolves injury front, however, with Nuno Espirito Santo saying ominously on Friday that he had “many problems” but refusing to elaborate on the details as it would give “an advantage to our opponent”.

Joao Moutinho, who missed the crushing defeat to Burnley with a minor ankle problem, may be among the walking wounded.

Robert Snodgrass could be back to boost the options for West Brom, with Sam Allardyce having previously said that the winger could “be fit to train and be selected” for the visit of Wolves after an epidural.

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240 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sotamendi84
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Start one:
    A) coady (wba)
    B) holding (new)

    1. Alex_thekid
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Wow

    2. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B, wba will score

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        This

    3. Gharvey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I doubt Holding will start

  2. Evasivo
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Right bench order here?

    Martinez
    TAA Dias Dunk
    Lingard Salah(vc) Bruno Gundo
    Maupay Bamford Kane(C)

    Patricio Soucek Dallas Coufal

    £0.0ITB & 1FT

    1. T88MYE
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I think I’d start Dallas or Maupay

      1. T88MYE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Over *

      2. Evasivo
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yeah it’s right I’d say, but I’m a Brighton fan so hard to make the switch

    2. Gharvey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Start Dallas over Dias

      1. Evasivo
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Really??

        1. Gharvey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Yeah I reckon Dallas will outscore Dias. And Dias might not start

  3. jammie26
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Kane or Nacho captain iyo?

      1. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I've played it safe with Kane as the whole of fpl gave captained him

        1. jammie26
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yeah i guess i should play it safe. Leading all my leagues by miles so not point trying to be a smart arse i guess.

          • Pompey5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Ditto

      2. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Fofana, Rudiger, Coady, Phillips, Holding

        Pick one to replace and for whom?

        A) Digne/Coleman
        B) Dallas
        C) Reguillon

        1. Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I did Holding to Dallas with my FT this week fwiw

      3. Kun Tozser
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Chances of Mount starting or ship for Siggy or Zaha a week early ?

        1. Phlajo
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I'd be very surprised if he did. Looked tired against Madrid and they'll need him for the 2nd leg.

          1. Kun Tozser
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Thanks

      4. Twisted Melon
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Jota to siggy for DGW and blank gw?

        1. Twisted Melon
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Or zaha

        2. Oggle22
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Think I'm going Zaha

        3. CONNERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I'm getting both. Will probably end in tears...

      5. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Would like to save ft to have two for next gw. Any changes here? GTG?

        Mendy
        Castagne Coady Robbo
        Bruno Jota Lingard Maddison
        Kane(C) Vardy Lacca

        3.9 Coufal Raph* 3.8

        1ft, 0 itb

      6. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Feel dirty losing Bruno its only for one week though fingers crossed it doesn't hurt to much!
        G2G
        Leno
        TAA Holding Coady
        Salah Son Jlingz Saka
        Kane(c) Nacho Vardy

        Forster Jota Amartey Mitchell

        Gone safe with captain Kane Eden though I'm hunting down a 74po8nt rival

      7. Alex_thekid
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Do we think that Cancelo will start??
        Team for this gw is
        Mendy
        Shaw Cancelo Dallas
        Bruno Salah Son Lingardino
        Kane c) Nacho Talent
        3.9 Veltman Targett Willock
        Bench order correct and starting lineup?
        Thanks in advance

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Who knows, and what does it matter when you have a bench to cover it
          Who is Talent?

          1. Alex_thekid
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Watkins!! lolz
            Apparently he has no talent according to some

          2. Alex_thekid
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Because Cancelo might come on and play 10-20mins for a 1 pointer

      8. Dele
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Bench one...

        A) Lingard
        B) Bamford
        C) Coleman

        1. Sid07
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          C

      9. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Martinez
        TAA Shaw Coufal
        Salah Bruno Greenwood Lingard
        Kane(c) DCL Nacho

        (Fabri Jota Struijk Rudiger!)
        1 FT & 0.0m

        Save FT this week so that I have 2 FTs for my BB next week.

        G2G?

      10. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        GTG? (£4.5m + 1FT)

        Mendy
        TAA Shaw Reguilon
        Salah Son(vc) Maddison Greenwood Lingard
        Kane(C) Iheanacho

        Forster Holding Vydra Rudiger

      11. merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        How would you use this FT?

        Martinez Areola
        TAA Azpi Saiss Dallas Targett
        Salah Bruno Greenwood Lingard Raphinha
        Kane Iheanacho Bamford

        1 FT, 0 ITB, No chips left

        1. Alex_thekid
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Save

          1. merin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Cheers

      12. Sid07
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Start 3 from
        1) Taa
        2) Shaw
        3) coufal
        4) coady
        5) holding

        1. Bavarian
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          1,2,5

      13. Abaddon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Bale

        A) a good diff to Son
        B) a trap

        1. Sid07
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          B

      14. cescpistols111
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Best move for this GW? 1FT, 4.7ITB. No chips left.
        Very confused after Rudiger ruled out as I'll have to play both Shaw & Kabak but keen to hold for the upcoming DGW. High chance of Mount getting rested also so could be good to move him out.

        A. Mount -> Sterling
        B. Mount -> Son
        C. Rudiger -> Dallas
        D. Save FT

        Leno Forster
        Shaw Coady Kabak Rudiger N.Williams
        Bruno Mount Jota Lingard Burke
        Kane Vardy DCL

      15. Fantasyamateur
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Best striker for the run-in except Kane and Nacho? (Using FH in 35, so 34, 36, 37 and 38 are the GWs he will be used).

        Budget is 7.4M.

        1. Connor's Calling
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          What price is DCL?

        2. CONNERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Bamford I reckon.

      16. itsmeguneet
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Bench Jota or Watkins?

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I have both and benching Jota

        2. Hart-ake
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Same situation here. Benching Jota myself due to possibility of benching and tougher match.

        3. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Joter

      17. JenkoJunko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        *Repost*
        Afternoon all! Worst GW in my FPL history las week! Given up all hope of catching 1st! I'm 2nd 100 points back!

        Any thoughts on below (Its a mess after some crazy punts)

        1FT 1.9ITB
        Martinez Johnstone
        TAA Shaw Holding Veltman AMN
        Mane Bruno Lingard Jota Raph
        Vardy Cavani Welbeck

        Any help and advice would be very welcome! Kane is obvious but 1st has him. Help Me!!!!!

      18. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Good luck all. No defender bench for me.

        Martinez
        Castagne Shaw Coady
        Bruno Lingard Salah Son
        Watkins Nacho Kane(C)

        Sanchez Jota Mitchell Rudiger*

        1. CONNERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Same here (Rudiger and Stones).

          GL

      19. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Che Adams anyone??

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Not me

        2. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Never

      20. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        FH template for next week?

        I like to be spoon fed

      21. Connor's Calling
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Holgate, Keane or Godfrey for Everton’s next 4?

      22. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Would you do these moves? :

        Salah, Brewster > Kane(C), Saka -4

        1. Alex_thekid
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          No

        2. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Jesus no. Don't sell salah

        3. T88MYE
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Just Brewster to Kane

      23. SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Play one

        A) Coady
        B) Coleman

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          B

      24. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Start Leno or Martinez? ML rival will likely play Martinez, so he is the safe option.

        1. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Arsenal probably concede, play marty

      25. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Who would score more this GW

        A) TAA
        B) Bamford
        C) Wood (-4)

        Cheers

        1. Neves say Neves
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          A

          1. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Cheers

      26. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        With Rudiger out, is there a reason to keep him over Philips?

        Fixtures post 34:

        CHE - mci / ARS / blank / LEI / avl
        LIV - mun / SOU / wba / bur / CRY

        1. Neves say Neves
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          if i had rudi he'd be gone

      27. Neves say Neves
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Start holding or -4 8.0 forward (bamford,dcl,watkins etc)

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I would pick DCL if I were planning for DGW, otherwise Holding

        2. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Start holding imo

      28. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Will there be another dgw after gw36?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Read the article.

          It could fall either 35 or 36 but not beyond.

        2. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          No